IRCCM Ocean Observatory
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Scientific background

Understanding Oceanography and Geosciences
- the Role Jacobs University plays as a Research Institution

Jacobs University Bremen (Jacobs University) will have a major contribution to the IRCCM program by carrying imaging and numerical modeling of both surface and subsurface zones of continental margin environments. Our research will be based on the measurements and data transfer of small robots (“crawlers”) designed, built and tested at IUB’s OceanLab.

Lander: Transfers the data of the
robots via internet to the data center

In order to understand the linkages between climate and oceanic processes, scientists need to explore the global cycling of carbon and associated elements. The Oceanography group at Jacobs University investigates biogeochemical processes at the sediment-water-interface in the deep-sea. Thereby we concentrate on the global carbon cycle and its pathways into the deep benthic environment. Secondly the discharge of fluids in cold seep systems and its impact to the ambient ecosystem is a major field of work. As these pattern are linked to active continental margins, geo-hazard prevention like earthquakes and tsunamis is in our focus. Please read our scientific rationale to learn more about our ocean observatory, its technical background and our new approaches to explore continental margins.

Topics of our ongoing research:

Investigation of deep-sea habitats Relevance of benthic turnover with respect to the global system e.g. CO2 fluxes Significance of the impact of canyons as a pathways for particular organic matter Discovering the resuspension-loops of sediment aggregates Investigation of nutrient and fluid pathways form the sediment into the benthic environment Visualization and quantification of fluid discharges at cold seep sites Relevance of a chemoautotrophic benthic community Geo-hazard prevention Observation of geophysical anomalies e.g. eruptions, enhanced pore pressure and fluid discharge Fast response to earthquakes and tsunamis In-site measurement of O2 consumption with optode sensor technique together with Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology (see partners)
Please read our scientific rationale to learn more about specific details, technical backgrounds and new approaches of exploring continental margins. Ocean Observatory is one of several projects of IRCCM, the International Research Consortium on Continental Margins. Obtain more information here.

IRCCM Partners:
Alfred-Wegener- Institute IfM-Geomar
Ifremer Integrated Exploration Systems
Jacobs University Bremen Neptune
Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Rice University
University of Southampton Statoil
RCOM Technical University Hamburg Harburg
University of Bremen University of New Hampshire
University of Washington
The project is supported by STATOIL.